KARNATAKA

Their lively performances enthral all

Talent show: Children with speech and hearing impairment presenting a programme during the inauguration of the Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy in Dharwad on Saturday.

Talent show: Children with speech and hearing impairment presenting a programme during the inauguration of the Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy in Dharwad on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

Yeddyurappa inaugurates Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy



‘Children have capability to bring about a change’

Nurture literary and cultural talent, says Chief Minister



DHARWAD: They had waited for more than three hours. Yet, they had retained their enthusiasm though the programme organised to mark the inauguration of the Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy which was supposed to start at 3 p.m. finally began at 6.30 p.m.

And, what would have been a dull formal function on any such occasion turned out to be a lively programme with the audience, mainly children, thoroughly enjoying it.

While children from various schools, mostly those for physically challenged, presented heart-rending performances, the audience in the packed Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur Kalabhavan responded with thunderous applause.

Students with speech and hearing impairment of Priyadarshini School from Hubli, including Srinidhi, Chandana, Ashwini and Supriya, enthralled the audience with their performances.

Ideas



A fifth standard student from Teerthahalli, Vitasha Ria, gave some thought-provoking ideas on what the academy should do for children. Vitasha, who goes by the pen name “Muddu”, did not hesitate to ask for more time to present her views before Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa when the organisers wanted her to cut short her talk.

Impressed by her speech, Mr. Yeddyurappa gestured to the organisers to give her more time.

She elaborated on what the academy should do for children with physical disability, underprivileged and those from “malenadu” which is facing the problem of naxalism. The Chief Minister, in fact, took off his speech from where Muddu had left.

Overwhelmed by the welcome accorded to him, in spite of arriving late, the Chief Minister said children were asset to any society. He was all praise for the children, and said it was they who had the capability to bring about a change. Underscoring the need for imbibing patriotic values at young age, he called upon children to learn to live for others.

Objectives



Referring to the objectives with which the academy had been established, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that one-acre land had been allotted for the academy and an initial grant of Rs. 10 lakh had been released. The academy had to work to ensure overall development of children, especially those deprived of opportunities, he said.

He hoped that the academy would work towards bringing out quality literature for children and nurture literary and cultural talent.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the academy by lighting a lamp and cutting a cake. He also unveiled a plaque on the occasion.

District in-charge Minister Murugesh Nirani, Women and Child Development Minister P.M. Narendraswamy, MLAs Chandrakanth Bellad and Seema Masuti; MP Pralahd Joshi, writer Chennaveer Kanavi and journalist Patil Puttappa were among those present.

Even after the inauguration several troupes of children presented cultural programmes.

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